My fitspirations? Ryan and my cousin Daniela. I’ll note my progress near the end of this post!

So late last year I decided to change my eating habits because the reality was.. I hated how I felt. I didn’t feel healthy anymore. I was dealing with my emotions by overeating and I just didn’t like how I looked. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. This took a really big toll on my self-esteem and made me actually isolate myself for a little while. I have always been surrounded by very healthy people, and during this time, it just added to me feeling so negative about myself.

This started to change when I met Ryan. The thing is, he is a really attractive guy and that made me nervous. I didn’t think I could even compare to him. So when we first started talking I was very hard on myself. One day I decided to open up to him and just told him all of my insecurities. One of the best feelings in the world is when someone acknowledges how you feel and talks to you about your emotions as opposed to brushing them off.

Ryan offered his assistance on workout plans, and healthy alternatives, etc. and he has been my biggest support system since. He always ensures that I’m taking vitamins and that I’m getting all my calories in for the day and that I’m drinking enough water. And its nice to have someone that is constantly encouraging your progress, even when you cant see it yourself.

My cousin Daniela is probably the healthiest person I know. When I first started my little journey, she helped me out with meal plans and exercise options. From time to time she’ll check in on me and ensure that I’m okay and getting all my nutrients. I still remember the first thing she said to me when I told her that I wanted to go back to how I was on the earlier side of 2018; you do this for you and no one else. You don’t compare your progress to someone else’s progress. You go at your own pace. Let yourself indulge in something once in a while and don’t be too strict. You look good as you are, but if you want to do something I will help you get to where you want to be.

Initially, this was hard for me because I have always been prone to comparing myself to others. I never really incorporated a workout routine to my daily schedule because I was always busy running around for school and work. But lately, Ryan has inspired me to workout. He works out everyday and I just thought.. why not give it a go? So I started to do cardio again and just fell back in love with it.

But as time went on, I got into my own rhythm and just started to feel good again. I stopped paying attention to others and just looked at my own circumstances. I stopped eating unhealthy foods and just got back to my healthy routine. I started looking at my food, preparing it on my own, and looking at the nutritional value. I haven’t eating fast food in months and I truly feeling good inside.

My initial goal was to lose the weight I gained, which was approximately 10 pounds. As of this morning, I have officially lost 37.1 pounds. I do want to focus more on toning my physique, but for now, I am so happy with what I have been able to accomplish.

For those looking to make a change, I won’t lie to you. it can be really hard at first. But with the right mindset, you can do anything. The best thing I did, was surround myself with people that encourage me and support what I am trying to accomplish. I know that its difficult to not look at others and compare yourself to them, but try your best to keep in mind that everyone starts/started somewhere. You are on your own journey! Don’t be too busy reading someone else’s story and forget to read your own. Despite what others say, you’ve got this! You can do this! And most importantly, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Wishing all of you fantastic readers all the health and happiness in the world!